Stonbury are immensely proud to be supporting our clients across the UK at such a crucial time and have been designated as 'key workers' by DEFRA and the UK water utility companies. Our teams are working tirelessly to help secure and maintain drinking water supplies, ensuring clean and safe drinking water is provided without interruption to critical services such as our hospitals as well as the general public. Now more than ever, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and we have adapted our safe working practices to ensure social distancing precautions are in place and that the correct hygiene practices are being followed. Making safety is our priority, and we endeavour to make sure everyone at Stonbury goes home safe to their family.
The site had earlier planning permission in 2014 for a new build reservoir on the footprint of Reservoir No 1, which had passed its life and was beyond economic repair, however the demolition and construction project of this tank was postponed due to other operational priorities within the South Staffordshire network. The option of the construction of an alternative Reservoir was considered and chosen to ensure the continued supply of potable water to the local area.
The tender process involved a high level of optioneering of all possible solutions, including temporary tanks, steel tanks, GRP tanks and the preferred, a hybrid solution for a reinforced concrete structure, which included pre-cast concrete columns and roof structure. This was offered as the most cost effective solution regarding whole life costs and design life, delivered to a very challenging programme.
Stonbury were delighted to be awarded the contract and have subsequently completed the detailed design stage which developed the outline design, submitted at tender stage. After a very quick mobilisation on site, we have made a very impressive start to the scheme with the excavation and preparation for the floor slab completed in a matter of weeks.
Our Delivery Director responsible for South Staffordshire Water, Jonathan Perryman, comments “to meet such a challenging return to service date of the beginning of July 2017, it was critical to build on the already strong relationship held between Stonbury and South Staffordshire Water. It is wonderful to see the Outwoods delivery team growing from strength to strength on what seems a daily basis and all with the same common goal at the heart of the team. This will enable, I have no doubt, the successful delivery of South Staffordshire’s ultimate business needs of supplying continued wholesome drinking water to their clients – the public.”
Due to the residential nature of the site location, South Staffordshire Water have undertaken letter drops and meetings with local businesses and schools to keep them informed. The project delivery team have also set up a Community Portal system, this allows members of the public to follow the scheme and to communicate directly with the delivery team, asking any questions they may have.
The Community Portal address is outwoods.stonbury.com for those that are interested in following this exciting and challenging project.